Hammers hoping to tie up deals

PUBLISHED: 10:14 19 November 2012

Peter Karlsson was Lakeside Hammers Rider of the Year for 2012 (Rob Newell/TGS)

Peter Karlsson was Lakeside Hammers Rider of the Year for 2012 (Rob Newell/TGS)

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Speedway bosses agree on limit

Lakeside Hammers will start team building in earnest now that the annual meeting of British Speedway Promoters Association is concluded.

With a points limit of 42.5 being the highest in many seasons there is plenty of room for scope and the Hammers will start up by tieing up deals with their own assets as well as last years top two of Peter Karlsson and Davey Watt, both of whom are on loan.

Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook said: “It’s good to get the meeting behind us and now we can push on.

“Both Wolverhampton and Poole are happy for Davey and PK to continue with us, as are the riders, so that should be fairly straight forward.

“Kim (Nilsson), Robbo (Stuart Robson), Robert (Mear), Kake (Nieminen) and the returning Adam Shields will all be put in the picture as to our plans next week and we have the added plus of Kake being awarded a testimonial, which we need to discuss with him.

“Our asset Henning Bager has the same and again we need to discuss with both riders whether that will be at the Raceway or their Premier League track.

“We won’t be rushing our plans but hope to have good news on at least one new signing this side of Christmas.”

The BSPA Management Committee remains unchanged for 2013 with Alex Harkess as chairman, Cook as vice-chairman, Chris Van Straaten as Elite League representative, and David Hoggart and George English as Premier League representatives.

The reserve members for 2013 are Rob Godfrey and Gordon Pairman. Tony Mole remains as President.

The Elite League will consist of the same 10 clubs as this year in Belle Vue, Birmingham, Coventry, Eastbourne, King’s Lynn, Lakeside, Peterborough, Poole, Swindon, Wolverhampton.

They will race 28 matches prior to play-offs after Leicester’s application to join the Elite League was put on hold for 12 months when they have been invited to re-apply.

It was felt by all parties that in the current difficult economic circumstances, both the Elite and Premier League numbers should be protected.

Leicester promoter David Hemsley said: “Though it is disappointing for us at this stage not to enter the Elite League, we recognise that we are part of a bigger picture, are grateful for the support we have been given for the future, and pleased that we are encouraged to pursue our ambition to race at the highest level.

“We would always want to do what is right for British Speedway and we are looking forward to an exciting year of competitive Premier League racing.”

Doubling-up positions have been set at a maximum of three per team for 2013, with one rider named in each position.

A Premier League guest will be utilised in the absence of a doubling-up rider.

The Elite League Knockout Cup has been shelved for 2013 and Harkess said: “It is fair to say that the 2012 KO Cup was so adversely affected by the weather and league fixture changes that it lost momentum.

“With ever-increasing overseas rider commitments, re-staging opportunities were few as a consequence of those difficulties, and with some clubs unable to participate the Elite League members chose to rest this competition for the time being.”

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